THE SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
First Communion Rehearsal
NEED TO KNOW:
* Check in:: Sheltz Hall
* Time: 15 – 30 minutes prior to your child’s rehearsal time.
* Note: After you have dropped of your child at Sheltz Hall, parents will then go to the Church, find your seating assignment, and sit in your pew and wait for the children to process in.
Please be ON TIME so we can get started and finished on time. Rehearsal is planned for 1-1/2 hrs but can be finished early if we are all ready to go.
First Communion Mass
NEED TO KNOW:
* Check in: Sheltz Hall
* Time: 40 minutes prior to your child’s First Communion Mass time
* Note: You will drop your child off in the Sheltz Hall, and then you are free to get your family settled in the church before the Mass starts.
- Your family will have one entire pew reserved (you will receive your pew assignment at the rehearsal.) If you have two children receiving 1st Communion, you will still have one pew. If you have more family members than will fit in your pew they can sit in the limited “overflow” areas (in the back non-reserved rows and TV section.)
**Note: If someone in your party needs space for a wheelchair please let Christine Prihoda know no later than April 7th (if you have not done so already) and we will make every effort to accommodate this request.
- Your First Communicant will sit at the end near the center of the aisle of your pew.
- We don’t have an exact time on how long the Mass will last, but we anticipate approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- The Saturday First Communion Masses are Saturday daily masses. Just so you are not surprised, there is not a second reading during daily Masses. Your child will be so thrilled to have his or her “2nd Communion” on Sunday!
- When it comes time for your child to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, everyone in your pew will walk forward with your child and form a semi-circle around him or her. After your child receives Holy Communion, the rest of your party will have an opportunity to receive the precious body and blood of Jesus. If you have a friend or family member in your party that is not a practicing Catholic, please invite them to come forward with your child. Your friend or family member can approach the clergy to receive a blessing from the Priest or Deacon by simply crossing their arms across their chest or they can simply walk past the clergy to go back to your family’s pew. This is such a special time for your child, we want all of the wonderful people in his or her life to witness and be a part of this blessed event.
- A reminder that there is NO photography during Mass. Please remind your family to take pictures either before or after the Mass. The clergy will stay after for pictures.
It has a been a priviledge and an honor to walk this faith journey with you and your child.
We are so proud of your children and how much they have learned and grown this year.
Your child's jouney with Jesus has just begun!